A charming and delightful read

  • Book: A Gentleman in Moscow
  • Location: Moscow
  • Author: Amor Towles

Review Author: IsobelB



I really had no idea what to expect when I opened A Gentleman in Moscow, but I found myself quickly immersed in this sweeping tale that takes in large a slice of Russian modern history. The plot is deceptively simple and revolves around Count Alexander Rostov who finds himself incarcerated in the Metropole Hotel in Moscow and is relocated to a room in the belfry. The story that unfolds is told with wit and much sympathy for the main character, and it is clear a tremendous amount of research went into the composition. There is much here to savour especially for those after a colourful read. I appreciated the plot twists in the last few chapters and the unexpected if satisfying ending.

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